Police: Reality TV Leads To Spike In Storage Unit Crimes

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UPDATED: Thursday March 21, 2013 6:43 PM

Shows like “Storage Wars” involve people betting on finding a hidden fortune inside foreclosed storage lockers. Worthington police said that curiosity is spreading to criminals.

Dozens of storage units in Worthington were ripped off by burglars.  

Columbus resident David Disheroon said he discovered he was one of the victims, when he stopped by his locker at the Mini Storage Depot on state Route 161.

“As I just walked in the hallway, I noticed that most of the doors were ajar and the little tang on the latch was bent 90 degrees,” said Disheroon.

He told us he was in the process of moving to town, and only needed that locker for just a few more weeks.

Now, he said many of his irreplaceable personal possessions are gone.

“I just opened the door and noticed total shambles in there. They had pretty much torn everything down, just riffling thru everything,” said Disheroon.

Worthington police say Disheroon's storage locker is one of 37 at the Mini Storage Depot that were broken into.

“It's a 'breaking and entering,' which is a felony, as well as it's people who entrusted the business with their belongings and then someone comes by and tries to take those belongings from the people,” said Worthington Police Det. Jeff Jones.

Jones said they are still looking for the thief, despite surveillance cameras on-site.

He says the most surprising element is a spike in storage crimes that, before reality TV, rarely hit the radar.

“People kind of get in their minds, well yeah there's some little treasure in any one of these lockers that are here,” Jones said. “Most of the time people, are storing stuff that doesn't have much value they just have extra stuff laying around.”

Police warn that the best thing people can do to protect themselves is to store regular everyday items in the storage lockers, and keep the valuable items at home.

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